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Star of Queens: Jaclyn Jablkowski, communications manager, Build it Green


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jaclyn Jablkowski describes Build It Green!NYC as a place to donate or purchase recycled material in an attempt to keep waste out of landfills.

Jablkowski, the communications manager for Build it Green, said the non-profit not only works to provide material for people to use, but also provides construction workers for de-construction projects.

Since April is “Earth Month,” and “Earth Day” is on April 22, Jablkowski said the organization will host a wide variety of events to promote awareness of environmental protection.

Build It Green’s center, at 3-17 26th Avenue in Astoria, has been in operation since 2005 and has a second location in Brooklyn that opened in late 2011.

JOB/BACKGROUND: Jablkowski has been involved in environmental projects for nearly her entire life, both professionally and as a volunteer, previously having worked with Solar One, the organization responsible for maintaining Stuyvesant Cove Park in Manhattan.

“This is just what I love to do,” Jablkowski said about working to improve the environment.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to live music shows. She is also currently working to create a Build it Green! softball team.

“I’m very excited about that,” she said.

INSPIRATION: Jablkowski’s inspiration in working with Build it Green! and other green projects comes from her concern about the environment. “We’re hoping to make New York City a greener city,” she said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Jablkowski said her favorite memories come from the people who benefit from Build it Green!

“Whenever I hear how people are going to be able to take recycled material and turn it into something new, it always reminds me of why I’m doing what I do.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Jablkowski says the biggest roadblock for Build It Green! is the fact that the Stuyvesant Cove Parkbrings most waste to far-off landfills, and as a result, people don’t physically see the waste, and don’t think of it as that big of a problem.

-BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

 

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First Commuter Composter drop-off site comes to Queens


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Queens residents have a chance to build a greener community one apple core at a time.

The NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program, hosted by Build It Green! NYC (BIG!), sets up a weekly tent outside the Broadway N and Q train in Astoria on Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The tent houses the first Commuter Composter drop-off site for residents looking to help make a difference with their waste.

“Before they even get on the subway on their commute to work, they’ve given back,” said BIG compost project manager Louise Bruce.

The items gathered at the site will create a high quality natural compost that can be used by local parks, gardens or even home farms.

Whether they pick up brochures to find out more about the program or bring some scraps of food to drop-off, organizers have seen a positive reactions from residents.

“Most people are turning on to the idea and are really interested and looking for ways to participate and also learn,” said project coordinator Christopher Bivens as he handled the site Tuesday morning.

As of April 2012, the Department of Sanitation launched the program in order to provide residents with a range of opportunities to drop-off their food scraps and ensure they would be compost locally.

Along with the commuter drop-off, the program also runs different sites throughout western Queens, including the Steinway and Sunnyside branches of the Queens Public Library.

“People that are recycling are rewarded through more greening and beautification in their neighborhood,” Bruce said.

The drop-off sites accept frozen fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags, dry grains, dead plants, corn cobs, food-soiled paper towels and napkins, newspaper, grass clippings, egg shells and many other items, excluding dairy and meat.

“I’m so inspired by all of them because they devote a space in their kitchen to save the food,” Bruce said.
The program hopes to expand the Commuter Composting pilot to other sites and also continue their growth of other drop-off locations around Queens.

 

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